The Ciudad de Cultura de Galicia (City of Culture of Galicia) sits perched atop the Mount Gaìas hill near the ancient centre of Santiago de Compostela, the half finished folly of now dead politician Manuel Fraga. . Millions and MILLIONS were un-popularly ploughed into various monolithic palaces of culture…till the city couldn’t take any more. So it now lies half finished with 3 of the proposed buildings now finished and functional and the rest…well a bit of a building site. Some stunning architecture…but maybe not right for these economically challenging times… The city of culture is the brainchild of American architect and purveyor of “modern deconstructivism” Peter Eiseman.
I first went 2 years ago (see here) and was curious to see if anything had changed…well now there are monolithic remains (halted years before completion) to go along with the finished structures. It is a strange place, VAST in scale, full of space, part monument, part building site…and i have the whole place pretty much to myself…
click on the panoramas to get a better look:
Who knows what will happen to the less picturesque unfinished parts but for the time being all work is suspended and half finished constructions will remain that way: